STURGIS, Mich. (WOOD) – A Sturgis firefighter is facing multiple criminal sexual assault charges for allegedly raping a 16-year-old family friend, according to court documents.
Joshua Jason Snyder, 36, is facing one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Sturgis police and fire officials became concerned about the relationship between Snyder and his alleged victim after seeing Snyder inappropriately hug the girl in public, according to the court documents. The documents also showed Snyder was seen driving around with the teen in his car while his family was out of town.
Investigators believe Snyder groomed the teen before her 16th birthday, according to the documents. Three of the charges Snyder faces involve inappropriate sexual contact which allegedly occurred before the teen turned 16.
The Sturgis Public Safety Department is also conducting an internal investigation in the case.
Snyder will remain on unpaid leave until the investigation concludes, which public safety officials said should be completed by the end of the week.